Night Shades & AIP

It was on Facebook the first time I read about night shades and it was a post by The Paleo Mom. Inflammation was a new word to me in that I have IBD and I had never learned that there was a category for certain foods that caused it.

This is an individual testing sort of speak in how these foods react in your body. What can you handle and what you can’t. Doing the elimination process and then reintroducing nightshades is what I am still working on. I feel that there will not be too many on this list that I can tolerate by the way it’s going.

List of nightshades:

Ashwagandha
Bush Tomatoes (native to Australia)
Cape Gooseberries (or ground cherries, different from regular cherries)
Capsicums
Cayenne pepper
Chili Pepper Flakes
Chili powder
Chinese Five-Spice Powder
Cocona
Curry Powder
Curry spice powder
Eggplants/aubergines
Garam Masala spice
Garden Huckleberries (different from regular huckleberries)
Goji berries
Hot Sauce
Ketchup (and BBQ Sauce)
Kutjera
Most spice blends
Naranjillas
Paprika spice
Pepinos
Peppers (including bell peppers, sweet peppers, chili peppers, jalapenos)
Pimentos
Potatoes (different to sweet potatoes)
Red Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes
Steak Seasoning
Tamarillos, Tomatillos and Tomatoes

If you eliminate nightshades from your diet then reintroduce with negative affects then you may want to consider trying the AIP diet. (Autoimmune Protocol Diet)  There are many websites that will offer you support, recipes and explain to you how the AIP diet works.

AIP Lifestyle 

Autoimmune Wellness with Angie & Mickie

Good Luck!

~Andrea

SCD ~ Specific Carbohydrate Diet

Specific Carbohydrate Diet

I have already posted about AIP – autoimmune protocol diet and it’s benefits but I also tried the Specific Carbohydrate Diet which has helped me considerably in that it explains what and why you should eat or avoid certain foods.  A great resource for anyone who suffers from any gut issues. I use the legal and illegal lists often, you can find them here. This is the most common resource given to patients newly diagnosed with IBD.

Before I purchase a book I borrow it from the library to see if it will be worth the money and help me now and in the future. I bought these two cookbooks because they are helpful in the kitchen when working through SCD.

elaine_book

I found that this diet didn’t get rid of my symptoms but was a definite asset in my healing process. Some foods on this list still bother me and other items I can tolerate,  I believe that everyone is different and each person should find what foods they can and can’t tolerate and go from there to develop their own personal way of eating well for ultimate health. So many of these recipes that I have tried so far are delicious and I learned a great deal from the Breaking the Vicious Cycle that I can honestly say it was a great stepping stone. Please visit the authors page here it’s absolutely amazing what one women accomplished in a life time, how many people she has helped even after her death in 2005 and how incredible her findings were after realizing what she had stumbled upon. Here’s to healing one step at a time!  Cheers!

New report from Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada on Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Canada

Health benefits of fermented food

Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics. I don’t eat cows milk or refined sugar so instead I use coconut milk, honey and a probiotic capsule. Some starches have gluten so I have to read labels to make sure what I am buying is safe for my consumption.

Wellness Mama has a great website. This page has everything you need to know about fermented foods.

Seven fermented foods I eat:

  1. Sauerkraut
  2. Coconut Milk Yogurt
  3. Kombucha
  4. Kimchi
  5. Pickles, beets and carrots
  6. Olives
  7. Coconut milk kefir
  8. Jams – refined sugar free

The Paleo Mom has an amazing write up about fermented food on her site.

Autoimmune Wellness great site for autoimmunepaleo

Paleo Leap has great fermented food recipes

Stupid Easy Paleo has great recipes too.

~Andrea

In the Kitchen: Sweet potatoes (alkaline)

Sweet potatoes are alkaline based food. I believe that we need to eat majority alkaline foods. But I also believe that a variety of foods is what is needed for a balanced life.

This link has an extensive list of alkaline to acid foods. Very beneficial!

Types of Sweet Potatoes

Jewel

SKIN – Orange/copper. I find it really hard to tell garnet and jewel sweet potatoes apart because their coloring is fairly similar both inside and outside. To me, it seems that garnets are slightly more redish in color on the outside.
FLESH – Deep orange.
TASTE – Mildly sweet and fairly firm inside.

Purple

SKIN – Deep purple.
FLESH – Deep purple.
TASTE – Not very sweet, and pretty dry inside.

Japanese

SKIN – Purple and fairly smooth. Generally more round (“fatter”) than the Stokes purple sweet potatoes, which are more elongated.
FLESH – Whitish flesh that turns golden when baked.
TASTE – Very sweet and fairly firm inside.

Hannah

SKIN – Cream colored and pretty smooth.
FLESH – Cream/whitish colored that becomes yellow when baked.
TASTE – Pretty sweet and fairly firm inside (Hannah sweet potatoes are considered a dry or firm sweet potato meaning that the flesh is pretty firm and dry when cooked).

Garnet

SKIN – Redish/Dark Orange.
FLESH – Orange.
TASTE – Mildly sweet, and pretty moist inside.

My favourite for eating whole and plain on my diner plate are the dark purple sweet potatoes. I precook a couple for the week so that I have them on hand for easy pull together meals. I cook them in the oven for 40-50 min at 400 degrees.

I also do this with jewel and hannah sweet potatoes but I use them in salmon cakes and soups. If I don’t use them in a couple of days I will freeze the rest for later use.

Google paleo sweet potato recipes and you will find tons!

Have a great week-end!

~Andrea